Short Term 12 2013 R CC

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Short Term 12 follows Grace (Brie Larson), a twenty-something staff member at a foster care facility as she reckons with caring for the teens in her charge and her own past. This lovingly realized film finds truth and humor in unexpected places.

Starring:
Stephanie Beatriz, Alex Calloway
Runtime:
1 hour 37 minutes

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Short Term 12

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Product Details

Genres Drama
Director Destin Cretton
Starring Stephanie Beatriz, Alex Calloway
Supporting actors Stephanie Beatriz, Rami Malek, Alex Calloway, Kevin Hernandez, Lydia Du Veaux, Lakeith Lee Stanfield, Frantz Turner, Kaitlyn Dever, Diana Maria Riva, Harold Cannon, Silvia Curiel, Melora Walters, Bran'dee Allen, Danny Roper, Elyssa Gutierrez, Garryson Zamora, Michael Marto, Patricia Barrett
Studio Cinedigm
MPAA rating R (Restricted)
Captions and subtitles English Details
Rental rights 3-day viewing period. Details
Purchase rights Stream instantly and download to 2 locations Details
Format Amazon Instant Video (streaming online video and digital download)

Customer Reviews

Very well acted, and a compelling story.
Jim Moresi
The film never feels muddled despite having so many characters to develop, and each one feels wholly developed, even those with limited screen time.
Andrew Ellington
Highly recommended to anyone who likes indie movies.
Austin Aho

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31 of 37 people found the following review helpful By prillman on October 23, 2013
Format: Blu-ray
Short Term 12 is nothing short of phenomenal. I saw it by myself on opening day, then took my family the next weekend to see it again. Needless to say, I can't wait until January to buy it.

Although one might think this film would be emotionally manipulative, it's not that kind of film. It doesn't take the easy path, and it earns every emotion felt throughout the film. The dialogue isn't as natural and flowing as The Spectacular Now (another of my faves this year), but the film makes up for it in intensity. Add in some moments of humor at some of the most intense times and you have (to use a cliché) "an emotional roller coaster."

Brie Larson should be Oscar-bound with her turn as Grace, the foster care facility staff member that is not too far removed from the kids in her care. John Gallagher Jr. is great as Grace's boyfriend/co-worker trying to deal with her peculiarities. Kaitlyn Dever is great as Jayden, the new intake at the facility that Grace tries to reach out to, seeing herself in more ways than one. But the true discovery in Short Term 12 (since Ms. Larson has been around a while, just not a household name yet) is Keith Stanfield, who plays Marcus, the soft-spoken one who is about to "age-out" of the facility and seems terrified of what his future might be outside the facility walls.

Stanfield has two of the most emotional scenes in the film, including his somber, heartbreaking rap (his own composition, which also should be Oscar-bound) dealing with his abuse at his mother's hands and his vow to rise above that. Dever has one of the most heartbreaking scenes also, using her short story to open a window inside her head.

After watching this film, I gained new respect for my wife who did the same job 20 years ago.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Andrew Ellington VINE VOICE on January 20, 2014
Format: DVD
Sometimes those little films you didn’t see coming will actually come out of nowhere and blindside you, take you by surprise by taking for a ride you don’t want to come down from. ‘Short Term 12’ was that kind of film for me. I didn’t believe it had the power to do what it did, and I didn’t feel like I would fall for it as hard as I did. The premise felt very cliché, a little too cliché for my own taste. I expected this to be something forced, something manipulative and even worse, something derivative of something else.

Been there done that; now go home and write something else.

Still, the raves kept coming. The film that Oscar wouldn’t even dream of touching (I mean, the studio didn’t even send out screeners, which after all the Top Ten mentions would have made sense to do) was getting a lot of outside attention, and the year was turning into the ‘did you see that new girl Brie Larson in that phenomenal little indie film’, and soon I was feeling like a complete outcast because I HAD NOT seen ‘Short Term 12’ yet. I am always late to these kinds of parties though. I have three kids, a wife, a full time job and a shortage of babysitters and so I rarely get out to the movies, and when I do it is usually to a cartoon of some sort, or an event of sorts (I did manage to see ‘Gravity’ opening night). The chances of me seeing ‘Short Term 12’ before it was released on DVD was very slim.

But, DVD is here, and I have officially seen, fallen and championed this film.

‘Short Term 12’ tells the story of a troubled young woman who works at a foster care facility for other troubled young kids.
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12 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Paul Allaer TOP 100 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on October 8, 2013
Format: DVD
"Short Term 12" (2013 release; 97 min.) is the story of the people in a youth foster care facility called Short Term 12 (as the kids are not expected to stay longer than 1 year--although we learn that some do). The movie opens with two of the youth counselors, Grace (played by Brie Larson) and Mason (played by John Gallagher Jr.), welcoming a new colleague, Nate. Later on, we learn that Grace and Mason are long-time live-in girlfriend/boyfriend. We then get to know some of the troubled youth in Short Term 12, most prominent among them being Marcus, who is nearing his 18th birthday (the maximum age allowed in that facility) and is dreading to leave. Also prominent is Jayden, a 15 or 16 yr. girl (played by Kaitlyn Dever), who seems very on edge for reasons net yet clear until much later in the movie. Back to Grace and Mason: they try to guide these youth as best as they can, while at the same time they are hitting some rough spots in their own relationship, particularly as Grace learns she is pregnant. At this point we are less than 30 minutes into the movie, and to tell you more would ruin your viewing experience. You'll just have to see for yourself how it all plays out.

Several comments: first and foremost, this is a HEAVY youth and relationship drama. Only minutes into the movie (after the laugh-inducing opening sequence where Grace and Mason welcome Nate), we get right away into the thick of things, and it doesn't let up from there at all. Second, there are several scenes that will punch you into the (emotional) gut. When Marcus gets into trouble yet again (for fighting), he takes out his anger by writing a rap song, and sings it, begging the counselors to "look into my eyes so you know what it's like". They can't know, of course.
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